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Qualitative study—other
Suffering in silence: the core theme for older parents of adult children with cancer
  1. Lai Wah Lam
  1. The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Lai Wah Lam, Esther Lee Building, The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong; lwlamlwlam{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Family-centred care should not be restricted to paediatric nursing or limited to adult patients’ nuclear family. Whenever appropriate, the needs of adult patients’ parents should be looked after.

  • Tactful assessment of the concerned parents to acknowledge the suffering they are enduring and their emotional interconnectedness with their sick child provides emotional support to them.

  • Longitudinal studies are recommended to follow through older parents’ experiences at different points of the disease trajectory of their child to enhance understanding of the transformational process of a parent’s role and position in facing an adult child with …

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  • Competing interests None declared.